Pelosi says she's voting "no" on budget deal, talks infrastructure plans

Christian Olvera a DACA recipient talks with public notary Enedina Acosta about his taxes

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The California Democrat quoted from the Bible and Pope Francis as Democrats took turns sitting behind her in support.

"If you want to live in a country where everyone doesn't hate everyone else for the color of their skin, you ought not to say things like that".

Knowing all this, Ryan kept his nerve, reiterating his "sincere" desire to seek an "immigration measure that we can make law", but offering no bold-faced assurances.

The new effort to whip against the budget plan comes after House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi said she would not pursue a coordinated effort to vote no on the plan. She was protesting its lack of protection for the Dreamers, young immigrants who were brought to the United States illegally as children and have been shielded from deportation by the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program, or DACA, an Obama-era initiative that President Donald Trump has suspended. But she could speak for as long as she wants.

"I would not be surprised if half our caucus votes for it", House Budget ranking member John Yarmuth said, noting he will. "And then hopefully tomorrow she will validate that trust by stopping us from voting for it. Those are the privileges for one of the two party leaders".

Meanwhile, House Democrats along with Pelosi pitched their own $1 trillion infrastructure plan dubbed, "A Better Deal to Rebuild America". "But I anticipate that if 30, 40 Democrats vote for it, it would pass". "We will be joining primaries this year and we will primary Democrats who did not have the spine or the courage to stand up for our undocumented family". She finished speaking at 6:10 p.m.

"I just got word that the House historian confirms that you have now set the record for the longest continuous speech in the House since at least 1909", said Pelosi during her marathon, reading aloud from a clerk's message. In the Senate, where unthinkably long orations are more common, South Carolina Sen. The Republican side of the chamber was virtually empty.

Olvera 26 behind the wheel in Dalton Ga. where he's lived most of his life. Olvera's DACA status allows him to have a driver's license
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Kelly told reporters that he doubted the March 5 deadline would be extended by the White House - directly contradicting President Trump's earlier openness to pushing back the target. "They are a reflection of all the immigrants that have come before". A short-term budget agreement expires on Thursday.

Meanwhile in the Senate, leaders announced a major bipartisan budget deal that would add more than $300 billion in federal spending over the next two years, but notably excluded any of the immigration-related issues that have roiled Congress for months. Schumer, D-N.Y., praised the agreement for providing needed funding for health, drug abuse and social service programs, having dropped his push to use the budget talks to extract concessions on immigration.

Already as the budget deal was on track for passage, House advocates began a pressure campaign to urge Ryan to make a promise like McConnell - though Ryan continually demurred and insisted instead he's committed to the issue of immigration and passing a bill the President can support. But the House informally operates according to the "Hastert Rule", which says a bill will only be brought to the floor if a majority of the majority (i.e., most Republicans) supports it.

There are several options on the legislative field for lawmakers to consider, including a bipartisan bill favored by Democratic leaders that's sponsored by Reps.

Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) could be the next speaker of the House of Representatives - if she can manage her gaffes, that is, which doesn't seem likely.

"There will be a reckoning", said Ben Wikler, Washington director for the liberal group MoveOn.

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